Activities for Children
Mauritius is an ideal children’s paradise
Children can explore the wonders of the undersea world and marine life in close proximity to the hotels.
Schools of the most beautiful tropical fish darting about in the shallow lagoons tempt even the most confirmed landlubbers to undertake a glass-bottom boat excursion and safely snorkel above the coral reefs.
Go bike riding with your children in the shade of the evergreen casuarinas along the Indian Ocean coastline.
Take advantage of the opportunity to improve your children’s swimming skills in the beautiful children’s pools (with a depth of up to 1.2 metres) or in the calm shallow lagoons, where the salt water of the warm Indian Ocean provides support.
Allow your children to experience the excitement of tropical fishing.
All of the hotels we offer will make the arrangements for a boat excursion to the closest shallow lagoon that offers fishing opportunities.
The rental of fishing gear is included in the price.
If fishing doesn’t appeal, you can go horseback riding, play tennis or golf, or set out on a completely safe stroll through the tropical rainforest along the mountain creeks and streams.
Savour the cuisine of all continents prepared by French chefs from entirely fresh ingredients.
Mauritius is a completely safe destination and twenty-four hour healthcare is available in all of the hotels.
Should it be required, a new modern clinic is available to all of our clients but we firmly hope there will be no need to pay it a visit.
At this point, we would like to present some of the wonderful and unusual activities in which you and your children can participate and which you will all surely enjoy.
It will be our pleasure to help you make the arrangements for any of them.
TWO AND A HALF HOURS SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS
Swimming with dolphins offers a valuable educational, therapeutic, and all-in-all wonderful experience for everyone.
Discover the lovely life led by these sea mammals in their natural environment.
Dive into adventure and swim with the dolphins in crystal clear water.
As compared to many other facilities, which limit dolphin encounters to pools or shallow water, we offer you a unique opportunity to join the dolphins in their natural environment and enjoy a face-to-face encounter with dolphins in the open sea.
As a part of the instructions you receive, you will learn about the dolphin species you will meet and about their natural behaviour and how to best observe them.
You will also be instructed in boat safety and how to swim safely with the dolphins.
Snorkelling equipment is provided free of charge.
All that remains for you to do is to enjoy the two and a half unforgettable hours that you will spend in the open sea in the company of friendly and intelligent dolphins.
- This is one of the most popular excursions so please make your reservations well in advance.
- The excursion is not recommended for pregnant women.
- Fast motor boats are used for transport and depart from the western shore near Tamarin.
- If requested, we will make arrangements for transport from your hotel and back.
COME ON SAFARI WITH US AND VISIT THE ANIMAL AND BIRD SANCTUARY IN CASELA PARK
The Casela Nature and Leisure Park, covering an area of fourteen hectares, is located between Flic en Flac and Tamarin in the western part of Mauritius.
A true animal sanctuary is located at the foot of Mount Rempart on the southwest side of the island.
It offers a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape and the western coastline.
Your trip to the park includes a visit to the bird sanctuary, the petting farm, and access to the many other facilities located in the park, including a children’s corner with various games, slides, and other entertaining activities, a souvenir shop, and a restaurant and bar.
The mini safari is another popular park activity.
This is a unique bus safari, which will transport you to the nature reserve and the African savannah.
The open safari bus departs every hour between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
It offers the opportunity to feed zebras, ostriches, antelopes, and other wildlife.
Daily, with the exception of 25 December and 1 January
Approximately 1,500 birds from more than 150 different species and various other animals, such as lions, tigers, cheetahs, and kangaroos to name but a few, call the park home.
The park is also famous for its large collection of exotic plants.
In addition, visitors may dine at the excellent Le Mirador restaurant and have the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic view of the island’s western coastline.
You may set out on exhilarating walk with the world’s largest feline beasts of prey.
Casela Park is home to lions, tigers, and cheetahs that have been brought up on site and, as a result, are quite tame.
This gives you the chance of taking some truly memorable photos.
Should you not be brave enough to enter the enclosure, you may watch the big cats from behind the wooden barrier.
Vanilla Crocodile & Tortoise Park
During your visit to the Vanilla Crocodile and Tortoise Park, the guides will lead you on an unforgettable excursion through the abundant tropical vegetation where, in the shade of the banana trees, palms, and giant bamboo bushes, you will find crocodiles and giant tortoises in their natural habitats.
The park also includes a mini-zoo where you can meet most of Mauritius’s mammals and reptiles and visit an exhibition of rare butterflies and brightly coloured insects. The Jungle Adventure Playground will surely delight any child. At the Hungry Crocodile Restaurant, which offers local and international specialities, you will even have the chance to sample some crocodile recipes.
Daily, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We recommend that you time your visit to include the crocodile feeding time at 11:30 a.m.
Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden
The Sir Seewoosagur Botanical Garden is one of the most visited locations in Mauritius.
Located close to Port Louis in the Pamplemousse District, the garden is spread out over vast acres of land.
It may well take you over a week to explore it in its entirety.
You will find over 650 species of plant life, including the well-known baobabs, giant lotuses, dozens of medicinal plants, a large spice garden, and many other items of interest.
Guides offering a full tour are available next to the entrance.
We recommend the use of their services.
Daily, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ZIP LINES (TYROLIENNES)
A unique and exhilarating excursion located on the very southern edge of Mauritius, which is an ideal activity for all adventurers, nature lovers, and anyone who wants to experience the feeling of bird flight.
The excursion includes trekking, swimming in crystal clear waters, and, of course, the trip’s highlight – magnificently soaring through the air along zip lines, the longest of which is 250 metres long.
You will be able to choose from seven zip lines, covering a total length of 1.5 kilometres.
Each one is of a different length and at a different height, and offers a different speed.
However, they all have one thing in common – they give you the chance to discover the uniqueness and diversity of the landscape.
At the end of the excursion, you may enjoy a traditional Mauritian meal in the lovely restaurant located in the enchanting riverside environment.
Children have to be at least four years of age.
The level of difficulty is easy.
The excursion lasts three to four hours, with two departures every day at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Please bring suitable attire consisting of sports clothes, cap, and bathing suit.
The maximum group size is fifteen.
SUBMARINE EXCURSION TO THE DEPTHS OF THE OCEAN
This fascinating cruise along the reefs provides a close-up view of the beautiful corals.
You also have the opportunity to visit the wreck of the famous Star Hope cruiser and discover a seventeenth century anchor on the ocean floor.
It is a wonderful experience for all visitors to Mauritius.
Looking into the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean and discovering the abundant marine life that calls it home is something that you have thus far seen only in your dreams.
At the end of the cruise, every passenger will receive a certificate signed by the captain and confirming their submarine sailing experience.
All of the submarine captains are educated marine biologists and have been trained to provide a comfortable and safe trip for all passengers.
- The total time of the cruise is two hours, of which forty to fifty minutes are underwater.
- The submarine capacity is ten passengers plus the captain.
- All of the submarines have been approved and certified by the international authorities for design and safety at sea.
- The submarine departs at a point located approximately two kilometres from the centre of Grand Baie.
- Several cruises are offered every day between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
PIRATE SHIP CRUISE TO THE ILE AUX CERFS
Join in on this memorable and entertaining excursion and sail on a pirate ship to the beautiful Ile aux Cerfs (Deer Island), which includes an exciting pirate show, live music, and a dance performance.
The theme for the day is pirate adventure.
You will enjoy this trip that will take you along the south-eastern Mauritian coastline and includes visits to the Grand River South-East Waterfalls, the Ile aux Cerfs, Blue Bay Marine Park, and a cruise along the Ile aux Aigrettes (Egret Island).
The cruise includes a full barbecue lunch and a selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
If you prefer a vegetarian menu, please inform us in advance and we will be happy to accommodate you.
What should you take along? We recommend hats, t-shirts, and sunscreen.
Do not forget to bring your camera and a bathing suit!
Important information regarding the cruise:
This is a full-day excursion from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., full of sunshine, an unlimited selection of drinks, excellent food, and loads of entertainment on Mauritius’s south-eastern shore.
Your pirate adventure starts at 9:30 a.m. at the harbour either in Bois des Amourettes or in Pointe Jerome on the island’s eastern side.
The cruise is scheduled to arrive back in Point Jerome at approximately 4:00 p.m.
ILE AUX AIGRETTES, BLUE BAY MARINE PARK, AND MAHEBOURG – PRIVATE TOUR
During this full-day excursion you will visit the Ile aux Aigrettes (Egret Island), the town of Mahebourg, and Blue Bay Beach, where you will also take a glass bottom boat trip to explore the Blue Bay Marine Park.
The tour includes transport by personal car (or a larger vehicle if required), including pick-up and departure from any place on Mauritius.
You will have the chance to enjoy a delicious lunch and a one-of-a-kind gourmet experience at the beautiful Tapas Beach Restaurant.
Located on a lovely beach and designed with attractive Mediterranean style terraces, this fine dining establishment offers tasty dishes prepared by an experienced chef.
In addition, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the island’s scenery while you dine.
TREETOP TRACKS ADVENTURE PARK
TREETOP TRACKS ADVENTURE PARK
Situated in the very heart of Mauritius’s tropical rain forest, the park’s se Nepalese bridges, knotted ropes, and lifelines provide much more excitement than more traditional types of excursions.
This exciting adventurous trek will take you over footbridges and through the treetops.
The park offers two trails, each with a different level of difficulty, making this a suitable experience for just about everyone.
The total time to complete both trails is two and a half hours.
In addition to these elevated treetop tracks, the park also offers five marked hiking trails.
Children may participate in this excursion only if accompanied by an adult and if they are at least six years old.
We recommend that you wear appropriate sports attire and comfortable sports shoes.
Prior to setting out on any of the tracks, you will receive instructions and a practical demonstration of the safety equipment.
The Adventure Park is open every day except Wednesdays.
Opening hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please keep in mind that you will have to travel through the Chamarel Seven Coloured Earths Park.
This is a natural wonder and one of the recommended places to visit on Mauritius.
The price of this excursion includes unlimited access to both attractions and to all of the facilities, including the rental of the equipment required to complete both tracks.
EXCURSION TO THE ILE AUX CERFS – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Enjoy a day full of entertainment and relaxation in a true paradise on earth.
The Ile aux Cerfs (Deer Island) is ideal for spending a leisurely day resting, sunbathing on the blindingly white sand beaches, swimming in the warm azure water, snorkelling in the beautiful lagoon surrounding the island, and enjoying the many other facilities and water sports that are available.
The Ile aux Cerfs excursion and tour includes:
Comfortable motorboat transfers to the Ile aux Cerfs and back to shore;
A welcome cocktail in the famed Ile aux Cerfs Sand Bar;
A traditional beach chair and mattress on the very popular Ile aux Cerfs beach;
A gourmet three-course meal served at the Paula et Virginie sea food restaurant or at the Masala Indian restaurant (both restaurants have an excellent reputation).
Lunch is served from noon to 2:00 p.m. Vegetarian menus are available.
VISIT AND TOUR OF THE ILE AUX AIGRETTES NATURE RESERVE
VISIT AND TOUR OF THE ILE AUX AIGRETTES NATURE RESERVE
This small coral island known as Ile Aux Aigrettes (Egret Island) is located not far offshore from the town of Mahebourg.
The island was declared a natural protected area and continues to be preserved.
The tour lasts about an hour and a half, providing you with the opportunity to explore the island’s beauty and enjoy original Mauritian nature in the company of experienced guides.
You will discover unique flora and fauna that cannot be found in any other place in the world.
You will also have a chance to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of south-eastern Mauritius and learn about its early history.
LE NESSEE SEMI-SUBMARINE TRIP
The semi-submarine offers a great way of discovering the colourful beauty of the undersea world without getting wet.
The one hour and forty five minute excursion takes place in the comfort of an air-conditioned room below the ocean’s surface, which offers a panoramic view of the coral reefs, fish, and many other interesting marine features.
This semi-submarine trip is an ideal activity for children who are fascinated by the undersea world.
Excursions are available seven days a week. We recommend that you make reservations sufficiently in advance.
GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TRIP TO THE CRYSTALLINE WATERS OF BLUE BAY MARINE PARK
Enjoy a two-hour excursion to Blue Bay in a glass bottom boat, including an opportunity to snorkel.
The Blue Bay Marine Park is located on Mauritius’s south-eastern shore, not far from Mahebourg, and is one of the best places on the island for diving and discovering the beautiful marine life.
The bay’s crystal clear water offers excellent visibility for snorkelling and viewing the reefs, fish, and a rich variety of corals.
The excursions are available every day starting at 10:00 a.m.
Snorkelling equipment may be rented onboard.
FAMOUS MAURITIUS SUGAR FACTORY AND MUSEUM
The one and a half hour tour of the old sugar factory, which has been transformed into a modern museum, ends with a delightful rum and sugar tasting.
For children: So that children may better understand the sugar production process, the sugar factory has adopted two mascots – typical island animals – who will accompany and entertain your children during your entire visit.
In addition to the museum, you will have the opportunity to visit the Village Boutique and the Le Fangourin restaurant.
Daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
with the exception of 24-26 and 31 December and 1-2 January
FOR ADVENTURE SEEKERS
Enjoy a truly adventurous experience designed especially for all nature lovers and consisting of the ideal mix of hiking, climbing, and adventure.
After a short briefing, you will travel by bus into the mountains to the starting point for your guided hike.
You will have to cross a wooden ladder bridge spanning a ravine that is over sixty metres deep.
Once you have successfully overcome this challenge, you will reach a waterfall where there is yet another surprise waiting for you in the form of a zip line.
The guides will prepare tasty refreshments for you.
You will enjoy the freshly grilled food served on a platform suspended in the treetops.
This refreshing break will fortify you for the next leg of your adventure.
You will have to swim across a canyon to reach a breathtaking 150 metre long gorge, which you will have to cross on zip lines.
Casela Park allows you to go on safari on a quad bike.
Have no fear – you will receive professional instruction prior to setting out on your ride through the wilderness.
If you prefer a less exhilarating ride through the Casela Park, you can opt for a Segway.
These personal transporters are very easy to handle and you will receive full instructions about how to operate a Segway before you start out
The Aquarium is located in a small village in northwest Mauritius, close to the well-known Troux aux Biches Resort.
You can enjoy a unique stroll on the ocean floor and observe the numerous species of marine life that make their home in the Indian Ocean.
There is also a special petting pool for children, where they can interact with some of the aquarium’s aquatic residents.
Monday to Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m; and Sundays and public holidays, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If you arrive before 11:00 a.m. you can watch the amazing feeding time, which is definitely worth seeing.
MAURITIUS WATER PARK
Located on the island’s eastern shore, in addition to its attractions, including giant slides, whirlpools, a lazy river ride, a games corner, children’s and adult pools, and many others, the water park offers a wide selection of places where one can purchase refreshments and meals, rest, and buy souvenirs.
All of these features combined make the water park an ideal venue for spending an enjoyable day with your whole family.
Daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 17:30 p.m.